Conflict Resolution is a problem-solving approach to conflict. It understands the dynamics of human compromise among conflicting attentive groups and how to attain mutual agreement. There is a third party who walks the complainants via a discussion of the conflict to resolve their matter.
There is a standard procedure for students who are not into conflict. If they come across conflict they should know the procedure. Racism, abuse, poverty or abusive parenting practices are various reasons which can lead to conflicts in children.
Initially schools have handled the violence, but it was not very effective. When adults control the conflicts, the student do not learn the skills required to resolve the conflicts. Teachers avoided conflicts or suppressed them which made the conflicts worse when they erupted
Create a caring classroom climate
Traditional behavior management includes referrals to the principal’s office or suspension. New conflict resolution requires adults for the resolutions. Teachers may be considered a demanding figure. To control student behavior, external measures were taken like punishments or rewards. To implement a conflict resolution program lets a teacher set up a caring classroom climate.
Resolve conflicts by different strategies
• First one is to come together willingly.
• Second is to work politely and considerately on the issue.
• Third is to solve the conflict under a trained facilitator.
• You should try to bring the conflicted parties in a private location.
• Next is to collect the information, recognize the situation, without any accusations. Focus on the important issue.
• Let each party state their conditions, peacefully, without interfering. Each party should feel empowered to speak their mind, feel listened to, and feel they are a critical part of the solution.
• The third party should view the matter from another point of view rather than the conflicting ones.
• The third party should find out the middle ground and come up with creative solutions.
• Then finally an agreement should be made and both parties should agree to it.
• The agreement is identified, monitored and finally celebrated or rewarded.
Find a win-win solution for all
These strategies teach students to react effectively through communication. They further interact between parties where both sides first understand and later make them understand, to make a win-win condition.
Conflict resolution strategies authorize students for decision making and in solving problems of their own. They develop problem solving skills, personal resiliency and social competency. Conflict resolution strategies reflects the school’s values if applied throughout the school.
Originally posted 2009-07-27 04:00:08.